Perhaps there are a few relevant historical touchstones, but President Donald J. Trump—typing those words still feels surreal—delivered an inaugural address unlike any any other. Inaugural speeches are typically vehicles for unity and uplift. Even Abraham Lincoln, on the verge of civil war, appealed to "the better angels of our nature." Donald J. Trump was sworn in, stepped up to the microphone, and with his very first sentence, he declared war (metaphorically) on the the Washington establishment.
"Today's ceremony, however, has a very special meaning, because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people," he said. "For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth."
In fact, as the Internet quickly noticed, Trump's line -- and the way he delivered it -- about "transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people," echoes the Occupy Wall Street inspired villian Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. It could be accidental, but it would not surprise me if Trump and his speechwriters relish the comparison.
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One can argue that the combative tone is dispiriting, but the fact is that Trump is not wrong. The four richest counties in America are suburbs of D.C., and Democrats have spent years bemoaning growing inequality without reckoning with the metastasizing federal government's role in creating that inequality.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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